Came across a box full of old watches while cleaning out the condo. Each has a story and holds a memory, including:
Tudor Submariner — Present from Uncle Sam on graduation from dive school.
Tissot manual wind chronograph — Wedding present from first wife.
Pulsar — The first digital watch. You pressed a button to get a red LED readout of hours and minutes. Hold the button down a little longer and seconds appeared. Batteries seldom lasted more than a month.
Island jump watch. Large face, big numbers and a windspeed calculator. Standard issue at Ft. Benning jump school.
Chronosport UDT — A relic from another life. I don’t think the company that made this watch even exists now.
Heuer Diver — Another relic from the past. Good at depths up to 1,000 meters (3,330 feet as though any of us would go down that far).
Porsche Design Chronograph — From my Yuppie days when my car, watch and sunglasses all had the same name. Wonder if Jeep makes a watch?
Heuer Monaco — During a fling with sports car racing.
Accutron — Precursor to today’s quartz watches. An electric watch that has a tuning fork-based movement, hums and promised accuracy to within a second a month.
Not sure how many of the watches still run but will take them with us. Memories of time and a time for memories.